It is never too early to begin planning Christmas activities. It’s the most wonderful time of the year. The holiday season is almost upon us again, and in York, Pennsylvania, we know that means lights, songs and amazing events your whole family will love. It may be getting cold outside, but that doesn’t mean you should hibernate the holidays away. Here is your guide to Christmas activities, winter events and other things to do this 2019 holiday season in York, Pennsylvania.
Christmas Lights in York
Over 600,000 twinkling lights illuminate the woodland scenery throughout Rocky Ridge Park in York, Pennsylvania, transforming it into a winter wonderland. Walk through a half-mile walking trail with a cup of hot cocoa warming your hands and belly. It opens the day after Thanksgiving and runs through New Year’s Day.
The Sweetest Place on Earth becomes a go-to holiday destination as the Christmas season approaches. Driving through this festive attraction, you’ll see 600 fun, animated holiday displays. Sweet Lights opens mid-November and ends New Year’s Day.
Kick off the holiday season in Downtown York on Saturday, Dec. 7. The day starts with family-friendly Christmas activities like face painting, balloon animals, a flea market and more. However, the main event is the tree-lighting ceremony smack dab in the middle of Continental Square.
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Holiday Shows in Lancaster County
Starting in October and running until the end of December, Lancaster County offers a variety of holiday theatrical presentations. Check out the Bird-in-Hand Stage in Bird-in-Hand for a night of illusions and heartwarming music with Magic & Wonder: A Magical Merry Christmas or the heartfelt story told on stage in A Bird-in-Hand Christmas to Remember. For a little bit of holiday nostalgia, head to Lancaster’s American Music Theatre for the musical extravaganza Christmas Show: Joy to the World.
For your own Polar Express experience, head to Steam Into History in New Freedom, Pennsylvania, for the Tannenbaum Christmas Tree Train. You’ll be pulled by a replica 19th-century steam locomotive, and during your ride, you’ll learn about Christmas during the Victorian era and enjoy holiday festivities. Once you reach Seitzville, a horse-drawn carriage completes your journey to Bricker’s Tree Farm to cut your own tree.
Hersheypark’s Christmas Candylane includes millions of sparkling lights, your favorite rides and attractions plus a visit with Santa himself and his reindeer. It’s the perfect destination to get into the holiday spirit all throughout the month of December.
The Turkey Hill Experience in Columbia, Pennsylvania, is the scene for an ice cream social with the man in red. Bring your kids for storytime with Santa plus crafts, cookies and ice cream.
Nothing says the holidays like creating festive Gingerbread Cookies and topping them off with icing and decorations. Come to Flinchbaugh’s Orchard & Farm Market for a holiday event the whole family will love filled with fun, Christmas activities and Santa Claus.
Run the Heritage Hills Resort Egg Nog Jog 5K
Dress up in your best holiday costume for the annual Eggnog Jog 5K at Heritage Hills Golf Resort & Conference Center right here in York. A glass of egg nog or apple cider will be waiting for you at the finish line.
The holiday season is the perfect time to enjoy the magic of toy trains. You can see an elaborate display of trains running throughout an entire building at the Miniature Railroad Club of York’s annual holiday open house. It begins the end of December and runs through mid-January.
Stay Warm and Cozy at Wyndham Garden York
If you’re traveling to York from out of town this Christmas season, you’ll be needing comfy accommodations where you can warm up after a day spent experiencing the winter activities in and around York. At Wyndham Garden York, our guests enjoy incredible amenities, friendly service and comfortable rooms to spend those long December nights. Book your room today for the 2019 holiday season.